This past weekend I took part in the first ever Ratebeer.com Japan Gathering organized by my good friend Tim. Tim knows a lot about Jibeer. More than I’ll ever know, for sure. A big thanks goes to him for showing those of us lucky enough to attend a good time. Good beer and good fun were had by all!
I showed up a little late on opening day, arriving in the early evening at Craft Beer Bar for a couple brews before moving on to Pivovar Yokohama for their delicious Chocolate Stout. The real meat of the night was our visit to Thrash Zone, though. Friday’s theme was America in Japan, and TZ had an excellent lineup of brews. 11 taps and a multitude of bottles were available to us thirsty patrons and I’ll bet the vast majority of options were tried by at least one of us. I started off with a Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point. It was everything I look for in an IPA.
Hoppy, citrus-filled goodness. I enjoyed a couple of their other offerings as well as a Green Flash and Bear Republic brew to boot. Man, those Cali brewers sure know how to do hops. I sometimes forget that living way out here, but it was a nice way to be reminded.
Friday ended fairly early for me as I wanted to be in tip-top shape for the rest of the weekend. Tokyo pub crawling and Shizuoka brewerying.
While RBJG was a fairly small, intimate affair, it was still a rip roaring good time. A few of the more serious beer hounds from RB flew in from England and Sweden for the event which was mighty impressive. Hopefully they can help spread the word that Jibeer is a force to be reckoned with…in a couple years.
Day two up next.